Arsenal were a team in form yesterday, and with the 1-0 win against Newcastle they won eight of their last ten league games and drew the other two – but a draw yesterday would have probably been a fair result for Newcastle, but it wasn’t to be.
Alan Pardew – every point will be like gold dust
And the defeat was Newcastle’s 19th of the season, which is far too many for a team like Newcastle.
After everybody comes back fit in pre-season – well apart from Tim Krul and Ryan Taylor – we’ll have a strong squad.
Ryan’s knee was operated on by Dr Steadman at his Colorado Clinic on Saturday – but Ryan is again going to be out most of the season unfortunately, and Tim Krul will be struggling to be fit from his dislocated shoulder, for the first game on August 17th.
The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will get a chance to bring Newcastle back next season – and we certainly hope he does just that, and we have a season like last season – and that we’ll not be anywhere near the relegation zone.
It’s too dangerous to the health of Newcastle fans to be near that relegation zone.
Here’s what Alan said on the official site today:
“We have to deliver better performances and a better commitment to games.” “We have to make sure that every point next year is gold dust, because they are – look what a point would have done for us from this match.”
“We looked a different side in the first half without the pressure on us, and the quality we showed in that half was terrific against a great Arsenal team, who were bang in form.”
“As much as we tried to get through them – and Hatem had some nice moments – ultimately we couldn’t get through them. We lost the game but in honor really.”
We were level on points with Norwich with two games to go and Chris Hughton’s side won both their final two games beating West Brom 4-0 at home and then Manchester City 3-2 away – and they finished 11th on 44 points – and we won one game of the last two and finished 16th on 41 points – so points did matter a lot over the last couple of games.
A win would have seen us just below Norwich in 12th place – but it wasn’t to be.
Newcastle have lacked firepower up front since Demba Ba left in January, and we didn’t replace him, and we are hoping to get two strikers through the door this summer – at least.
That’s also the second time in three seasons that we have lost a striker in January and not replaced him – we need to learn from our past mistakes.
The good news is that we still have to see the best from the top five Frenchmen we signed in January, and they had a fiery baptism at Newcastle since January, but they’ll be all the better for it once next season arrives.
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